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Where do garter snakes live?

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Garter snakes can be found in nearly every environment in North America, with typical boundaries ranging from the sub-Arctic plains of Canada all the way to Central America. These snakes are most common around the moist, grassy environments of the United States' east coast.

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Garter snakes live almost exclusively near sources of water. As such, their numbers are less common around the arid west coast of the United States. They are very adaptable creatures and are suited to live in a variety of areas, such as forests, grassland, swamps, fields and wetlands. They have been found as far north as coastal Quebec and as far south as the Gulf of Mexico.

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    How do you get rid of garter snakes?

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    If snakes are living in an area, it is because they are finding food, shelter and water there, says Snake Removal. The easiest way to get rid of snakes is to make the area less attractive to them. Garter snakes like moist, grassy areas near water, says the University of Michigan. They like habitats with hiding places, and they eat earthworms, frogs, slugs, insects and small mice. Garter snakes are harmless to people and eat vermin, so removing them might be counterproductive.

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    Unlike most other snakes, the garter snake doesn't lay eggs. It gives birth to live young. Over 50 can be born at one time, measuring in length from 5 to 9 inches.

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    Do garter snakes bite?

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    Garter snakes do bite people if provoked, but the bite is considered harmless, as they are non-venomous. The snakes have small teeth that can penetrate the skin and draw blood, but their mouths and teeth are usually too small to cause any serious injuries.

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    Removing sources of food and shelter that snakes seek out is the most certain way to keep them away from a home. Snakes can also be kept out with a perimeter snake fence. Chemical snake repellents are available, but they may contain toxins that can harm pets, other wildlife or even humans if they get into a water supply.

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